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Virginia couple gets home detention in Jan. 6 case

A Virginia couple was sentenced to home confinement on Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges related to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, according to multiple reports.

Jessica and Joshua Bustle were both sentenced to two years of probation and 40 hours of community service, according to NBC News.

Additionally, Joshua Bustle was sentenced to 30 days of home confinement, while Jessica Bustle was sentenced to 60 days home confinement. 

The Bustles pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building in June. They were facing up to six months in jail and a fine of no more than $5,000.

The couple allegedly entered the Capitol through the east entrance to the Rotunda. Joshua Bustle appeared to film his wife carrying a sign.

Jessica Bustle also bragged of their involvement on Facebook, writing that former Vice President Pence was a “traitor” while adding that “we stormed the Capitol.”

During Wednesday’s hearing, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan acknowledged that the Bustles originally went to Washington to participate in an anti-vaccine rally, according to NBC.

He further acknowledge the effect of former President Trump’s election claims on the rioters, WUSA 9 reported.

“Here we have a group of individuals, irritated and mislead by false claims of a fraudulent election, trying to take the law into their own hands,” he said.

The Bustles are not the first defendants sentenced to probation for their roles in the Capitol riot.

Anna Morgan-Lloyd of Indiana was handed probation in late June after pleading guilty to demonstrating in the Capitol. She allegedly spent roughly 10 minutes inside the building, but didn’t cause damage or act violently.

Tags Capitol breach Capitol insurrection Capitol riot Donald Trump Mike Pence

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